SA film ‘The Wound’ debuts at Sundance Film Festival

The film, which is about male circumcision in the Xhosa community, has debuted at the film fest in Utah, America.

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NEW YORK – A South African film about the Xhosa tradition of male circumcision has debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Titled The Wound and directed by John Trengove, the film is part of the official line-up at the fest, which is known for promoting independent cinema and boosting Oscar buzz.

_The Wound _is Trengove’s debut feature film, he told _Eyewitness News _its subject matter of circumcision and homosexuality meant it was challenging to make.

“It’s an uncompromising film – something that we struggled to make, that a lot of people thought we were crazy to make. To have done that and bring it to a platform like this, is really exciting.”

The film will travel on to the Berlin festival from there before opening in South Africa later this year.

“The exposure and international recognition is great, but if we can start a conversation in South Africa, that is potentially the most amazing thing that we can achieve.”

The wound stars singer songwriter Nakhane Tourè who is also at Sundance.

WATCH: The Wound (Official Trailer)

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)